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Barry Levinson

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About the Movie

A top-notch cast headlines this Oscar-nominated drama about four boys from Hell's Kitchen who grow up in a world where loyalty means everything. A teenage prank gets them thrown in reform school, where they suffer harrowing abuses at the hands of the guards. Once out, their lives take radically different paths, but the quartet intersect again when one of the brutal guards is murdered. With Oscar-nominee Brad Pitt ("Ocean's Eleven," "The Mexican"), Oscar-winner Robert De Niro ("Analyze That," "Showtime"), Kevin Bacon ("Mystic River," "Hollow Man"), Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman ("Moonlight Mile," "Shpere"), Jason Patric ("Narc," "The Lost Boys"), Oscar-nominee Minnie Driver ("Good Will Hunting," "Tarzan"), Bruno Kirby ("When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers"), and Brad Renfro ("Apt Pupil," "The Client"). Written and directed by Oscar-winner Barry Levinson ("Liberty Heights," "Disclosure").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Idealized? You bet. That's why the loss of this world must be avenged with the same broad strokes that you'd expect from the Count of Monte Cristo. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 14, 2009

Fresh: It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. – USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The problems start with Levinson's script, which overemploys Patric's florid narration to tell you what you're about to see, what it means and how you should feel about it. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 26, 2018

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Customer Reviews


This IS a GREAT movie. Its soo Sad though. BUY IT

Great movie

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Great plot, it's sad at parts but it's really good.

Not easy to watch, but well worth it.

fantastic storyline, great acting...the abuse scenes are tought to watch (a lot of the abuse is implied, but you know exactly what and who's involved). Other than that, a top-notch film.

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1997

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